Have you ever scanned through Netflix and struggled to pick something? You’re not alone. With so many movies to choose from, Netflix is just plain overwhelming. On top of that, Netflix is full of cheap knock-offs and B-movies that just serve as white noise. Thankfully, they’re not all bad. Netflix does actually have a nice selection of good movies, especially the ones that didn’t get the love they deserved. Whether getting unjustly creamed by critics or failing at the box office, some underrated movies need a second chance. So, butter up your popcorn and grab that soda, here are 25 Underrated Netflix Movies.
While it’s not perfect by any means, It Follows is a horror movie that does a great job creating an eerie tension, making you always feel uncomfortable and want to look over your shoulder. Fans of old 80’s horror flicks will especially love this one. The soundtrack is sublime.
Sing Street made a splash in the indie and specialty markets but didn’t go beyond that, which is a shame because the optimistic and upbeat movie about a boy who creates a rock band to impress a model is worth everyone’s time.
We Need to Talk about Kevin
We’ll be honest, We Need to Talk about Kevin is incredibly difficult to watch. But the performances by Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller are some of the most powerful and haunting you’ll ever see. It’s a dark story that’ll certainly have you discussing it with friends long after the credits are over.
From Mike Judge, the creator of Office Space, Extract is about an extract plant manager dealing with professional and personal problems. While it might not be as classic as Office Space, anyone looking for a good laugh will likely enjoy it.
Stardust captivated critics but was a box office flop. With magic, action, and adventure, plus an all-star cast, there’s plenty to love in this movie and no reason it should have failed so miserably at the box office. Fortunately for you, Netflix has it.
Chappie failed both critically and commercially, but there’s much more to this science fiction action-adventure than meets the eye. With plenty of big ideas, silly antics, and tons of action, science fiction fans might find this more appealing than most people give it credit.
A Netflix Original by Joon-ho Bong, the director of Snowpiercer, Okja is about a genetically engineered “superpig” made to feed the world. But Okja, the superpig, is the beloved pet of Mija, and she’s not willing to let her go. With plenty of surprises and heart, not to mention interesting subtext, Okja‘s the kind of film you need to put on the top of your list immediately.
The Fundamentals of Caring
Funny and endearing, The Fundamentals of Caring is about a man named Ben Benjamin who becomes a caregiver to a handicapped teenager. When they go on a road trip, their friendship is built and tested with plenty of jokes along the way. This was shown at the Sundance Film Festival but didn’t get as much fanfare as it should have.
Don’t let Seann William Scott’s headlining appearance in Goon fool you. This movie actually is well written, well acted, and has a lot of heart for a hockey movie called Goon. It’s funny, fun, and has one of Scott’s better performances.
Other than getting a unique performance by Jared Leto, Mr. Nobody provides outstanding visuals that’ll suck you in and never let go.
The Stanford Prison Experiment
The Stanford Prison Experiment came and went like a blip on the radar in 2015, yet it really deserves everyone’s time. Based on a true story about Dr. Zimbardo’s research in the 70’s, the slow burn and tension-filled story will certainly keep you engrossed, and the subject matter is sure to get the wheels turning.
A Serious Man
Even though it was hailed as one of the Coen Brothers best movies, most people don’t even know A Serious Man exists. Based in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1967, the movie follows Larry Gopnik, a man with many problems swirling about him. Fans of the Coen Brothers deft directing skills and dark humor will want to check this one out.
Essentially a parody of The Omen, Little Evil is about a man named Gary who marries the love of his life but struggles to connect with her son. The problem? Her son is pure evil and does creepy and bizarre things whenever Gary is around. The comedy pokes fun at common marriage and step-parenting problems while riffing on horror tropes at the same time.
Circle is more about ideas rather than narrative, and if you know that coming in, you’ll likely enjoy it. About a group of people who wake up in a dark room, standing in a circle, they realize each of them has to vote who will live and die and only one will make it out alive. The best part of the whole movie is trying to guess who will make it in the end.
Fueled by a great performance from Jack Black and Richard Linklater’s solid directorial work, Bernie is about an upstanding, model citizen who ends up being charged with murder. Based on a true story, the movie is much more comedic and light-hearted than you might imagine but well worth your time.
Based on a Stephen King short story, 1922 came and went and was probably forgotten due to Gerald’s Game. However, 1922 has something to offer Stephen King horror fans with a great performance by Thomas Jane and a brutal and guilt-driven story.
What Happened to Monday
Starring Noomi Repace, Glenn Close, and Willem Dafoe, What Happened to Monday is about a world where the government limits each family to one child due to overpopulation. But when identical septuplets are born, they all must hide to survive while finding their missing sister. It’s an exhilarating science fiction movie with many different and great performances from Noomi Repace.
There aren’t any familiar faces in The Void, but don’t let that deter you from this bizarre and eerie thriller reminiscent of old 80’s horror flicks. It’s about a patient that is sent to a hospital and how weird and violent things start happening because of it.
The Wolfpack is a bizarre peek into the life of six brothers confined in their New York apartment. Never able to leave, they grew up watching movies and reenacting them with their own homemade costumes. It’s a haunting documentary, but you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it.
With a tense, downward spiral story by Nash and Joel Edgerton, The Square follows a couple as they try to run off together after completing a daring plot. Things don’t go as they want, and the perfect plan isn’t so perfect after all.
Nicholas Cage is in pretty much every movie these days, for better or worse. In the case of The Trust, it’s definitely for the better. The heist thriller follows two cops finding out about a stash of cash and their plot to steal it, but their trust and relationship with each other are strained by greed. Fans of Cage’s neurotic performances will want to give this one a go.
Begin Again didn’t quite make the same splash as director John Carney’s Once, but he still brought forward a solid musical drama with leads Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. If you love musicals, you’ll find this one hard to resist.
Tangerine is about a prostitute with a broken heart. It’s a comedic and fairly graphic film, but what makes it impressive is that it was shot entirely on an iPhone, and believe it or not, the cinematography is pretty great.
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon didn’t do as well as expected at the box office, which is a head-scratcher. A warm, light-hearted, and charming family movie, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in it.
The Cloverfield Paradox
The third installment to the Cloverfield series, The Cloverfield Paradox, made a surprise drop on Netflix right after Super Bowl LII. Critics destroyed it, which is a shame. The science fiction ideas, breakneck pace, and terrifying horror are all top-notch and well worth your time.